If you and your significant other are looking to take a vacation and spend some quality romantic time together there are plenty of places in the United States to consider visiting. Depending on where your interests lie, there are many options ranging from dreamy days spent in beautiful cities to wilderness adventures or even exotic island stays. Below are several suggestions for where you and your soul mate could go to rekindle the flame and excitement in your relationship.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Located in the Caribbean Sea near Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands are full of plenty of things to see and do. Even if all you want to do is relax. The white sand beaches and warm turquoise waters are inviting and picturesque. You can go swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, fishing and more. Scuba diving will provide you and your partner with rare up-close views of colorful coral and sea creatures. Schedule a romantic sunset cruise while you enjoy a drink with your special someone. Have a couple’s massage and facial session. Enjoy romantic dinners at a different 5-star restaurant every night or just stay in and order room service. The Virgin Islands offer it all from mellow, quiet and soothing, to adventurous and thrilling.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco has plenty for couples to do, whether you are there for a day or a week. You can visit beautifully landscaped Golden Gate Park, climb up Strawberry Hill and have a picnic with a view of the city below. Take a sunset walk on the path at Crissy Field and you will be able to watch the sun go down behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Cap the night off with dinner at Top of the Mark restaurant on the tip of Nob Hill where you will have an amazing view of the city lights. There are plenty of live theater shows that can be seen at several venues around San Francisco. Together you can walk through the Conservatory of Flowers and then buy your love some flowers at the San Francisco Flower Mart.
Aspen is the perfect destination for an active and adventurous couple to enjoy. You can go skiing or snowboarding in the winter or hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding in the summer. After a long day of activities you can enjoy an outdoor dip in the hot tub – even in winter. Stay at a rustic resort and cuddle by a wood burning fire with some hot cocoa. Head out to one of the many topnotch romantic restaurants and have a candlelit dinner. All of the strenuous activity may leave you wanting a day off; so take some time to schedule a couple’s spa day and feel the aches and pains melt away. Another time to consider visiting Aspen is in the fall when all the leaves change colors. The views are breathtaking.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod adds a quaint feeling to a romantic getaway. If you and your partner are early birds, start the day off with a sunrise walk down the beach, then catch an early breakfast and head off to wine tasting at the charming Cape Cod Winery. Afterward you can take a quick trip further down the peninsula to Provincetown’s Commercial Street and enjoy an Art Walk while holding hands. Another place to take a delightful stroll is at Cape Cod Lavender Farm. The smell of these flowers is scientifically proven to have calming effects resulting in relaxation. Finish your day off with a sunset cruise or just relax on the beach as day turns into night. Afterward, there are plenty of mood-setting restaurants to experience before heading back to your room.
San Diego, California
San Diego is known for almost always having perfect weather, so chances are that bad weather will not ruin your romantic time together. There are plenty of fun things to do during your stay in San Diego. During the day you can enjoy the beautiful San Diego Art Museum or go whale watching. Later, you can take a romantic sunset gondola ride with that special someone where appetizers or deserts are provided and you can bring your favorite wine. If boats are not your thing you can watch as the sun goes down from Sunset Cliffs Park – a favorite romantic location. Another option is to go on a refreshing coastal drive with the windows down, taking in the fresh ocean air and listening to your favorite music. You can always cap the night off with a good old fashioned drive-in movie.
If you and your love are into live music, history, fine dining and shows, then Nashville is the city to visit for your next romantic getaway. One place to get your fill of art and nature is at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Art Museum. This place has eleven gardens that surround a mansion that doubles as a beautiful art museum. Please your senses as you take a stroll past fragrant flowers and herbs and then head inside to view 30,000 square feet of paintings and sculptures. Schedule your trip to for dates that will let you see your favorite artists perform at one of the many concert venues in Nashville. Pick a night to take a walk across the Shelby Street Bridge where you can take in all the glowing lights of the city, relax on a bench and steal a kiss.
Taking a trip to Kauai means that you will be constantly surrounded by lush green beauty, warm inviting waters and majestic cliffs and mountains. Capitalize on the island’s natural beauty by taking a drive down Highway 50 to Kalalau Lookout. This is the perfect place to snap a memorable photo with your significant other that you will cherish for decades. Spend some time snorkeling at Tunnels Beach and see the vast array of colorful fish, sea creatures and coral. If you are a more active couple, then enjoy a scenic hike along the Na Pali Coast on the Kalalau Trail. For a relaxing, yet adventurous day, rent a sailboat and bring along snacks and cocktails. Then sail around the Kauai coast and maybe cast a line or just soak in the rays and enjoy each other’s company.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
If you and your better half have never been to the Grand Canyon, make sure to see it at least once in your life. This massive, awe-inspiring and colorful rock formation was carved out over the course of millions of years by erosion from the Colorado River. There are plenty of options for lodging that will allow you to choose from spending your nights in a hotel, renting out a rustic private cabin or even camping. The Grand Canyon offers you amazing views, peaceful secluded walks, daring hikes and river rafting rides. Go here to get in touch with nature while you spend some quality time with the one you love.
New York City, New York
New York City is a bustling place that can be overwhelming for many people. There are, however, many relaxing and romantic places that a couple can visit and enjoy while in The Big Apple. One obvious destination is Central Park; however, most locals would agree that Bryant Park is a bit cleaner and friendlier. There is often live music and plenty of shade to relax under and have a picnic. Nothing beats the view of the city from the top of the Empire State Building’s 102nd floor observation deck. Enjoy a little kiss at 1,250 feet up with a view of New York City’s entire skyline. You will feel on top of the world. If you want a different and arguably even more beautiful view of the city, head over to the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. You can literally find every kind of food in this city, so just pick your favorite kind and do a quick search on the web to find the most romantic dining spots around town.